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It will not surprise those who know me well that I do not easily take no for an answer.  A block later, canada, mexico, india, I got out of the car, walked back around the corner, where I found him, on the ground, crying.  He stood up, and this time he took my card.  I hugged him and said, believing with all my heart that it would be so, "you're going to be okay."

That night, Sanjay and I stayed up all night thinking about how different the world would be if all giving were that intimate.  We wondered whether that man hadn't just given us the most precious asset he had to offer in telling us the story of his life, and whether our small gifts were an act of charity, as it might seem on the surface, or an attempt at fair compensation for for the generosity he'd shown in sharing himself with us.  We talked about organizations and tools we could build to help people share their stories so that potential funders could connect to them - directly.

He's never called, though my number hasn't changed since I passed him my card.  I'm not sure how the story unfolded for him after that night, and I'm still sad that I don't remember his name.

But here's what I do know:  the hopeful seed that would become Epic Change was planted that night.

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This week the fabulous Allison Fine reached out with a few questions to help with research she's doing for a forthcoming book she's writing with social media/social change pioneer Beth Kanter.  Her question, "What brought you to "storytelling" as an avenue for social change?" led me to finally write down for the first time this story of the birth of Epic Change.  Many people think my meeting with Mama Lucy inspired the genesis of Epic Change.  She was, indeed, the proximate cause - but the desire to share individual stories to create change was born one cold night in San Francisco months before we'd ever met.

Allison asked a few other great questions in her email interview, so I'll share more of my answers later this week...
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  • http://thoughtbythought.net Tre ~ (Tresha Thorsen)

    Isn’t it so true that the moment we step out of ourselves, make the connection with a fellow human the potential of a universal peace evidences itself right then and there? i have a hunch your paths will cross again with him. somehow. i hesitate to say too much about how awesome it was that you helped him this way. probably it felt the most humane thing to do at that moment. and rather than awesome it should be the most normal thing for any one of us. we are each human hearts with needs ….and clothed and shoed or not, we are in one another’s lives to connect, share, love, be. i respect so deeply much how you’ve actualized your desire to help others through this movement, epic change. here to help/be a resource however i can. thanks so much stacey for continuing to share this story…Tre ~

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    Wow – brought tears to my eyes -

  • Lucy Kamptoni

    You have touched my heart Stacey! I can imagine and feel too the truth of this article. I didn’t know before how powerful the stories are, or how they can bring changes to someone or a community until it happened to us. From our stories, now we have a school and our children at our community are happy and sure of their education.

    100% true stories matters a lot! They have brought changes to us. They can do the same to anyone anywhere around the world.

    Great work Epic Change!

    Lucy Kamptoni.

  • http://www.newmanu.edu Ann

    my sister ran a homeless shelter in San Francisco and on visits there, taught my sheltered midwestern children and I that the most important thing to do for the homeless may be not in handouts, but in listening; asking for their story; introducing ourselves and learning their names; instead of avoiding their glance, making eye contact. . .recognizing their humanity and how much we, like them, yearn most for simple recognition. This story brings that message home. We can’t help to want to share, serve, support the person next to them we we take time first to learn their story.

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